Foot Predictions predicts Tuesday’s championship clash between Birmingham City and Norwich City, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Norwich City go to the championship match on Tuesday in Birmingham City seeking to maintain its clear advantage at the top of the ranking.
While the Canaries are well positioned to be promoted to the Premier League, the Blues needed a 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday over the weekend to get out of the relegation zone.
After the defeat in promoting rivals Swansea City, Daniel Farke and his players were attacked after several worrying presentations.
However, the Canaries responded with three consecutive wins, with their latest success against Rotherham United increasing their lead to seven points in the standings.
Norwich was further boosted by the defeats suffered by Brentford and Swansea City, and there is a window of opportunity for the club to consolidate its leadership status with 15 games remaining.
The East Anglian group was once again indebted to Teemu Pukki at the weekend, when the Finn scored again four goals in three matches, with the decisive blow against the Millers.
With only three goals conceded in six games at the other end, Farke is optimistic about the chances of his team increasing the advantage in the coming weeks.
With regard to Birmingham, head coach Aitor Karanka he is said to be fighting for his job at St Andrew’s while the Blues flirt with relegation to League One.
Despite the 1-0 win over rival Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, the Spaniard is aware that a positive result every few games will not be enough to keep him on the bench.
Despite their current situation at the bottom of the table, Birmingham now have the eighth best record away from home in the division, adding 22 points from 16 games.
However, nine points from 15 games at his home in the West Midlands make the difference, increasing the pressure on Karanka and his team to end a winning streak dating back to 28 October.
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Despite witnessing her team winning by just 1-0 against a team of 10 Owls players, Karanka can choose the same Blues XI for this competition.
That would see tastes of Yan Valery and Alen Halilovic needing to remain patient in their wait for an initial role.
Apart from any problems with late preparation, Farke also has little reason to make changes to his Norwich team.
However, having opted for any substitutions until after 90 minutes on Saturday, Farke could bring Lukas Rupp and Kieran Dowell back to the midfield.
Possible starting lineup for Birmingham City:
Etheridge; Colin, Dean, Clarke-Salter, Pedersen; Gardner, Sunjic; Sanchez, Harper, Bela; Hogan
Possible initial line-up for Norwich City:
Krul; Aarons, Hanley, Gibson, Giannoulis; Rupp, Skipp; Buendia, Vrancic, Cantwell; Pukki
Probability: Birmingham City 0-2 Norwich City
After adding three important points on the scoreboard over the weekend, Karanka feels that some pressure was lifted before this game. However, despite the opportunity to play more freely, we still hope that the visitors will achieve a comfortable victory at St. Andrew’s.